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University Investigating Attempted Invasion Of LGBTQ Student House

A sign in front of Fran's House at Bucknell University
A sign in front of Fran's House at Bucknell University
Sign in front of Fran’s House at Bucknell University (image via Facebook)

A group of male students terrorized the residents of an on-campus home for LGBTQ students at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, last week.

The incident occurred last Thursday evening at Fran’s House – an gender-neutral housing facility for LGBTQ students.

In a letter to the university president, Tyler Luong, a resident assistant for the residence, says he was studying when he received a message in a group chat to lock the doors and windows. “Nobody come in or out right now. Don’t open any doors. Lock Windows.”

He found several students in an upstairs bathroom holding a window closed as a group of nearly 20 men had gathered outside yelling, “Let us in! This isn’t your home! This is our home.”

The group was identified as members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity which had been housed at the home until being banned from the university two years ago.

The fraternity was removed by the school for hazing infractions that included the use of dog shock collars and throwing darts at members’ bodies.

Luong says one of the men urinated on the front porch of the house while others pounded on the front door and banged on a metal flag pole where a Pride flag was displayed. Several reportedly climbed up on the roof in an attempt to enter the building.

The students called the Public Safety Department to stop the invasion, but Luong says it took “way too long” for any help to arrive.

And when two officers finally arrived, they “bonded” with the fraternity members “reminiscing their college days and calling them handsome young men.”

According to the resident adviser, the officers didn’t even ask the residents to see if they were ok.

The New York Times reports that several of the students could barely sleep through the night, terrified the fraternity members would return. Luong shared he slept with a “sharp object” under his bed.

“This was especially traumatic for a lot of us to deal with,” said Carolyn Campbell, a leader of Fran’s House, “because we never thought that something, like, so overtly horrible could happen to the house like this to strip away the sense of safety.”

The residents of Fran's House
The residents of Fran’s House (image via Facebook)

In the days that followed, students from the school organized to stand guard outside the house in shifts. And a march against toxic masculinity was organized.

The residents of Fran’s House issued a statement saying that while they were still processing the incident, they were “astounded by the amount of advocacy and kindness” they’d received from the university community.

They also called for those responsible to be held accountable, writing, “Never again should someone feel entitled to come to our home and say it’s ‘their house and not ours.’”

In a letter to students, University President John Bravman acknowledged the “horrific incident” saying he was “outraged and sorrowful” that the residents endured the “violation of the space” where they live.

Bravman also noted the response by the Public Safety Department was “lacking in myriad ways” and has retained an outside firm to investigate the incident. He added that additional educational and professional development would be implemented at Public Safety to help foster a better sense of safety and belonging at the university.

When approached by the Washington Post, the university’s Public Safety Department declined to comment any further than Bravman’s letter.

High School Agrees To Settlement After Deleting Seniors’ Pro-LGBTQ Yearbook Quotes

Mikayla Garaffa and Steven Madrid (image via ACLU)

After a student adviser removed pro-LGBTQ quotes from two graduating seniors at Minarets High School in Northern California from the high school yearbook, the ACLU stepped in on behalf of the two students.

According to a press release from the ACLU, a settlement has been reached that aims to affirm students’ rights and free speech.

The ACLU initially filed suit in March on behalf of two then-Minarets High School seniors, Steven Madrid and Mikayla Garaffa. Their pro-LGBTQ yearbook quotes were removed from their senior yearbook by an adult adviser who wrongly deemed them “political” and “sexual” in nature.

Under the settlement agreement, the District agreed to ensure that teachers are trained in the current law requiring schools to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.

The District also agreed to:

• Create an anonymous online complaint system so students can report campus bullying and harassment
• Train all District staff about the free speech rights of students
• Review relevant policies to ensure their compliance with state law banning discrimination against LGBTQ students
• And add language to the parent-teacher handbook affirming students’ rights to be free from discrimination in school-sponsored activities

News Round-Up: July 31, 2019

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New York Times: Students who said they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity were significantly less likely to get any relief from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights under the Trump administration than they were under the Obama administration

IMF: There are more $100 bills in circulation than $1 bills. And most are held abroad.

Twitter: When the wave pool operator gets drunk and moves the setting to “Tsunami.” According to reports, 44 people were injured in Yanbian, Manchuria (Eastern China) when the malfunction occurred.